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January 29, 2013

Local trail drive legends subject of new Doss Center exhibit

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According to a DHCC press release:

"On Tuesday, February 19, you can meet Oliver Loving or Charles Goodnight while strolling through the new Trail Drivers exhibit during the members-only preview beginning at 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. at the Doss Heritage and Culture Center in Weatherford. Copper Creek will be providing hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar along with the players from Theatre Off the Square who are providing the entertainment in the form of the two legendary cowboys."

"Trail Drivers" is the newest exhibit at DHCC and though the Feb. 19 opening is a members-only affair, it opens to the general public Wednesday, Feb. 20.

Concerning the members-only preview, the press release offered:

“It’s a great time to thank all of our loyal members and welcome new ones,” said Heather Castagna, Executive Director.  “Although our exhibit openings are usually open to the public, we wanted to make this one really special. If you’d like to join us, come by the museum and sign up or become a member on our website. Memberships start as low as $25 for students or single-person memberships,” she continued.

The release added that "attire for the evening is Dressy Western and attendees must present proof of membership for free admission to the exhibit opening. Memberships may be purchased the night of the reception."

The exhibit is designed to be an informed look at the two local cattlemen.

“Parker County played an integral role in the development of the Goodnight Loving story and that legacy continues today,” said Amanda Rush, Curator. “Visitors will learn about Charles Goodnight’s chuck wagon design and how Loving’s body returned to Weatherford after he met his untimely death on the trail,” she added.

According to the press release, "Trail Drivers" will shed light on "the famous and infamous cowboys who made Texas a name known throughout the country from the end of the Civil war through 1900... and connect the story of the longhorn cattle's importance to Texas history to conservation efforts being done today to keep the breed alive."

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